A massive thank you to those who came to the breakfast meeting on Friday 6th March.
We were a mix of established long in the tooth trainers through to new to world individuals seeking inspiration and ideas. There was a self confessed interloper from a creative agency – Hamish Duncan, from Pennyblackcreative who then added lots of creative questions to the mix which had us all thinking.
Jo Bamford from Bacon6 asked a question around icebreakers which quickly threw up lots of thoughts, ideas and opinions! From the cringe factor to the benefits of getting people interacting and talking ice-breakers are a provocative topic. The headlines of the conversation are that first impressions count and how can you create a positive first impression with the delegates that engages them with whats to come? Bringing people into the room, the space and engaging them so that the activity works across all learners. My personal thoughts are that ice-breakers are not relevant if the design of the session has people interacting and on their feet within 10 minutes of arrival, you have made a personal connection with each person as they arrive and the activity is on topic.
The conversation then turned to how do you become a facilitator with the WOW factor. This is a conversation that could have run and run.
As a trainer you need to have the ability to adapt and flex your approach and style depending what shows up in the space. I recently heard a great phrase in relation to having Courageous conversations ‘create an outcome and then hold it lightly’. Be prepared to let go of the outcome if it does not serve the greater good of the conversation. I think the same is true when facilitating or training. It is very easy to design a solution and then hold on to it rigidly. Sometimes you need to stand in the knowledge that swaying from your original design will benefit the outcomes of the group. Remember its not all about you!
The creative then threw into the mix the concept of using flow and intuition when working with groups. How do you step into the zone? This is a subject very close to my heart and we will be exploring it in a breakfast meeting later this year. If you want to check out what flow is read Steve Kotlers The Rise of Superman or a quick read on wikipedia – Flow.
Its amazing what you can fit into 90 minutes. Please come and join our next breakfast meeting on 8th May, 8.30am @ Wallacespace, Covent Garden.